Favre among several named NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists


Former Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Brett Favre was named a semifinalist for the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame class.

Favre, who played for the Vikings for two seasons, was one of several players either connected to the Vikings or Gophers that are semifinalists for this year's hall-of-fame class.

Favre was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. After spending the majority of his career with the Packers, Favre played his final two seasons with the Vikings.

He led Minnesota to the NFC Championship in 2009. While he provided the Vikings and their fans with some memories, he also left them with 15 years of nightmares.

Before Favre retired he held every career passing record – completions, passing yards, touchdowns and interceptions.

But Favre wasn't the only one on the list with a connection to Minnesota.

Former Vikings defensive coordinator and Gophers quarterback Tony Dungy also is on the list. Dungy was Minnesota's defensive coordinator from 1992-95. He spent 13 years as an NFL head coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts.

Dungy won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006.

Other hall-of-fame semifinalists with connections to Minnesota include:

  • K – Morten Andersen, 2004, Minnesota Vikings
  • RB – Roger Craig, 1992-93, Minnesota Vikings
  • LB – Karl Mecklenburg, 1983-94, Denver Broncos, Gophers

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